Guest Swatcher: Fyrinnae Inks

Special thanks to my friend and favorite vegan Sixxmum, who is so passionate about Fyrinnae’s liquid eyeliners, she agreed to swatch and review them for me. These eyeliners are only available online (click to buy), and range between $9 and $11. Fyrinnae offers free shipping — worldwide! — at $25, and (one of my favorite things about their website:) most of their products have “real life” swatch pictures to help you make your purchase decisions. Click here to read my post about some of Fyrinnae’s loose eyeshadows.

[edit 6/2/09: Fyrinnae's website now recommends Inks for use only on waterline, but Sixxmum says she's still using them as normal liners.]

Sixxmum’s Review:
Fyrinnae Inks are the goddesses of liquid liners for the vegan or mineral-inclined set. While they do have their little “quirks,” the problems are far outweighed by the benefits, making them my go-to liner for everyday use and more fun looks.

As with all Fyrinnae products, the packaging is rather plain – they put the focus on what’s inside instead. The clear tubes with metal tops are functional, not fancy. The clear tube is actually a benefit, both for ease in locating the appropriate color and for the “shaking issue” to be discussed later. The brush in the liner is a thin, round brush, with a slightly angled/beveled tip. The liners sell for around $10 each (free shipping at $25) and last for-e-ver. They are working on a smaller container for those who might want/need that for testing or travel. However, if the brush changes, I would still suggest the large size.

The primary positives of the product are color, ingredients, and ease of application. Fyrinnae has developed a range of very pretty colors, ranging from jewel tones to bold reds to more muted taupes and creams. My personal favorite at the moment is Flattery Will Get You Everywhere, a medium cool taupe (so pretty). There is a color for everyone in this line. Ingredients are another thing to crow about in the liners. They contain Isododecane, Cyclomethicone {and} Dimethicone Copolyol, Mica, Carbomer, Titanium Dioxide, DMDM Hydantoin, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate and dependent on color may contain Iron Oxides, Ferric Ferrocyanide, and Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate. So, in general, the ingredients are relatively “natural” and they are completely vegan (woohoo!). I find that they aren’t at all irritating to my easily annoyed eyes. Though I do not use them on the waterline (because that’s just a no-no for me), others have said they work well there too. The final, and possibly most important characteristic is ease of application. I don’t know if it’s the brush or the consistency, but these inks go on like a dream, creating a smooth line that can be smudged for the first while but then sets and stays put all day. These are the only liquid liners I can use effectively. I find laying the brush along the lashline and drawing it across is the easiest application method and is close to foolproof for me.

The problems with these inks are really just… one “problem.” They do separate quickly and have to be shaken very very vigorously to mix before use. If you do not shake them effectively: 1) they don’t apply as easily; 2) they seep into fine lines and don’t create a smooth line; 3) they don’t set up fully; 4) they run/smear. So, basically, shaking well means no problems, but not shaking well enough can mean many. If I start to apply and find that the line is not smooth or that the liner is seeping, I know that I need to cap it up and shake more.

Overall, I would (and have) strongly recommend these liners to anyone who is a fan of liquid liners, or even to anyone who wants to try some cool new colors but might not be the most agile with liquid lining. If Fyrinnae ever stops making them, it’s going to be a darn sad day in Sixxmumville.
Fyrinnae Inks: Dazzling Darkness, Bionic Brown, Lovers Quarrel, Lover’s Quarrel, Lovers’ Quarrel, Colorful Metaphor, Colourful Metaphor, Tinsel Taupe, Brazen Burgundy, Intoxicating, Makeup Sex, Make-up Sex, Captivating Cobalt, Charismatic Cream, Flamboyant Forest, Ninja, Flattery Will Get You Everywhere, Violet Vendetta, Midnight Mistress

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11 Responses to “Guest Swatcher: Fyrinnae Inks”

  • Valerie says:

    >Eep! Flattery Will Get You Everywhere is gorgeous.

    Well-written review! Thanks to the guest and hostess! :-)

  • Pau F says:

    >beautiful shades! that violet liner has my name written all over it! thanks for the guest review!

  • javy says:

    >these are pretty!!!

  • jojoba says:

    >oh i want that make up sex and violet vendetta!!! gorgeous lot!

  • Jinath says:

    >OMG I need that Violet Vendetta to go with my Chanel Vendetta nail laquer!!! Awwwesome job guys!

  • Ally says:

    >I heard about this company for a bit but shrugged it off. Maybe i’ll buy a few things and see if I like them. Thanks for the swatches that are so pretty.

  • Meredith says:

    >This is a fantastic post – I have one of these liners (Lover’s Quarrel) and absolutely love them, but have been curious as to the other colors. Thanks so much!!

  • Meredith says:

    >That flattery shade is GORGEOUS. Thanks for the guest post, sixxmum!
    -MeredithK02

  • Carrie B says:

    >Ally, I felt the same way for a while. I thought it seemed kind of sketchy. But now I am the proud owner of about 40 Fyrinnae eyeshadow and blush samples! Personally, I like them as much, if not more, than MAC. I haven’t tried these liners yet, but I love the look of Flattery…

  • Strictly Beautiful says:

    >its sold out!!! how do we noe when they’ll have it in stock?? i’m so desperate to find a really good liquid eyeliner!

  • Sandra JT says:

    Oh my god….I can’t believe they discontinued these! This is the first I’ve heard of them and am drooling over the swatches! I have a lot of their shadows, as well as bronzers, highlighters & blushes. Love their products. Brazen Burgundy! Lovers Quarrel! Charismatic Cream! Make Up Sex!

    I’ve got to email them & BEG them to bring them back! They’re incredible!

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